This story focuses on a woman who has come of age and begun to realize the fears she’s carried through her childhood from growing up in a family battling alcoholism. They have impacted her severely when forming relationships. Abandonment, devaluing, fear of everything good ending—all are why Nicky Young has been happy to stand back in the shadows, watching and observing and stepping out only when safe. That is until Ryan Tilton, a professional baseball player who also has his own issues of abandonment, promises her a relationship that could be like no other.
Now, in order to transition into a life she’d always imagined, she needs to take the first steps of risk to embrace the rise and fall, the love and heartache, and joys of life. Through small steps she struggles to trust, most importantly herself, but also others, enough to let them a little closer. The rage of her father’s addiction pushes and pulls her back, but with all her heart she wants to break free and start a life that is brilliant and unafraid of failure. But can she?
What if you were afraid to even turn the doorknob to your front door when coming home because of what might wait inside? What would it take to make you step out of your shadows, to once and for all break free from the twisted security of familiarity, and take a chance, a little risk, that could change everything?
This is the family saga and love story that tells about the horrible, beautiful, twisted, amazing vulnerability of family dysfunction and how one woman overcame fears of abandonment and deep intimacy. This is the story of how one woman chose to risk it all so she could really, really, be alive.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR – PAMELA TAEUFFER
My passion is writing books that tell a story of family, trauma, and the challenges of life through love. My characters struggle to leave old fears behind them as they learn to embrace intimacy and transition into the greatest joys possible in their lives.
My first series, Broken Bottles, details those fears of growing up in a family battling alcoholism. Along with the struggle and pain of a parent’s rage, there is intelligence, strength and survival. How to love intimately in all relationships is the heroine’s challenge. For children of trauma, it can take years to let another person come close. When they do? It’s like a rainbow covers their heart.
My characters learn that in becoming vulnerable, they’re able to reach for deep and sensual intimacy. They struggle and risk everything to trust others—and themselves. It’s about daring to take the baby steps necessary that let them really come alive and in every way, experience and give love.
MAKING MONEY TO CREATE: the small, vacation rental/prop. Mgmt. Company I run with my husband and son in Sonoma County, California allows me to have the money for my creative life. I love that I was born and raised in San Francisco. My father introduced me to baseball when I was six. I’ve run a cable car bell, driven a streetcar through the twin peaks tunnel and went to concerts in Golden Gate Park with my sister in the 60’s and 70’s, seeing Jimmy Hendrix. Jefferson Airplane and the classic bands of that era.
WHAT I’VE DONE/AM DOING – IT’S A JOURNEY OF DREAMS
Broken Bottles is a four part series. Two books, Shadow Heart and Fire Heart, are ready. Soon to follow in April/May 2016 are Jagged Heart and Amazing Heart. I’m honored to have 3 poems in an anthology called, The Beats Go On, and a story in Sisters Born, Sisters Found. I have released to first book in a series for Introverts called, The Introverts Guide to the Galaxy: Attending conferences.
My dream? To create beautifully decorated and custom journals with gorgeous paper that accompany each book series: The Introvert’s journal, A Family Saga journal, My Body’s OK journal and Trauma: You Can’t Stop Me.
Journaling has been a lifesaver for me. I was in shock during my life. You may be in shock. Don’t let that keep your heart frozen!